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Ingrid Torrance is the Canadian actress who portrays Nurse Ratched on ABC's Once Upon a Time.


Ingrid Mila Torrance was born on December 29, 1969[1][2] in New Westminster, British Columbia[2] and raised in North Vancouver. Her parents are of Icelandic[3] and Scottish ancestry.[citation needed] She is an actor, acting instructor, producer, director and author. Ingrid has been an acting teacher since 1995, and an on-set and off-set coach since 1998. Currently, she teaches at the acting institution, Studio On The Drive.[4]

Her television appearances include Andromeda, Smallville, The Outer Limits, Blade: The Series, Stargate SG-1, The 4400 and Higher Ground, and film work examples are Double Jeopardy, Act of War, Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, The Auburn Hills Breakdown, and Driven to Kill. Ingrid has been nominated for a Leo Award as Best Actress and was featured in Entertainment Weekly as a Breakout Actress. She has coached many actors for both performance and dialogue, such as Karina Lombard (of The 4400, Legends of the Fall), Cameron Bright (of New Moon, 11:11, Birth), Devan Sawa (of Final Destination), Greyson Golka for Men in Trees and Cheng Pei Pei and Henry O for They Wait.[5]

She is executive producer on the film, Little Boy Blues, which sold to three networks; Chum, Astral, and Movie Central. She has also been an associate producer for Daysleeper directed by Daniel Dimarco, produced and directed twelve documentaries, which are currently being distributed as feature series and DVDs. Lastly, Ingrid was inspired to write a "How To" book on the acting industry titled ACT! a Step by Step Guide to Starting Your Acting Career.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Big Bully Fourth Grade Teacher Movie
1998 Act of War Katerina Mirova Movie
1999 Double Jeopardy Maison Beau Coeur Clerk Movie - Credited as "Ingrid Torrance"
2002 Cheats Marla Movie
2004 Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Reporter #3 Movie
2006 Circumference Elizabeth Short film
2007 Numb Female Psychologist Movie
2008 Incident at a Truckstop Diner Waitress Short film
2008 The Auburn Hills Breakdown Louise Short film
2008 Impulse Melissa Video
2009 Driven to Kill Detective Norden Video
2010 Elopement Melanie Movie
2012 Shadowplay Glenda Grey Short film
2012 Anna-May Got Lost Auntie Short film
2016 The Unseen Lindi Movie
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Robin’s Hood Marissa Chaplin 1 episode
1996 Abducted: A Father's Love Nurse TV movie
1996 Poltergeist: The Legacy Party Girl 1 episode
1996 The Sentinel Calli 1 episode
1996 Viper Wallace 1 episode
1997 Contagious Young Brunette Nurse TV movie
1997 The Accident: A Moment of Truth Movie Nurse TV movie
1998 Police Academy: The Series 1 episode
1998 The Inspectors Inspector TV movie
1998 Cold Squad 1 episode
1998 First Wave Mary 1 episode
1999 The Net Hotel Desk Clerk 1 episode
1999 The Outer Limits Becky 1 episode
1999 Heaven's Fire Terrel Phillips TV movie
1999 Seven Days Joni Bartlett 1 episode
2000 A Storm in Summer Harriet TV movie
2000 Higher Ground Chloe Scarbrow 4 episodes
2000 Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story Alexis TV movie
2000 The Linda McCartney Story Galley Patron TV movie
2000 The Wednesday Woman Martha Sullivan TV movie
2000 Hollywood Off-Ramp 1 episode
2000 Becoming Dick Lily TV movie
2000 Christy: The Movie Fairlight Spencer TV movie
2001 Christy, Choices of the Heart, Part II: A New Beginning Fairlight Spencer 2 episodes
2001 MTV's Now What? Dana 1 episode
2002 The Chris Isaak Show Vickie Wister 1 episode
2002 L.A. Law: The Movie Lara Becker TV movie
2002 John Doe Head Flight Attendant 1 episode
2002-2004 Andromeda Duran 1 episode
2003 Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Three's Company Mary Cadorette / Vicky Bradford TV movie
2003 Smallville Wedding Planner 1 episode
2004 Stargate SG-1 Staffer 1 episode
2004 Dead Like Me Macy 1 episode
2004 A Very Cool Christmas Michelle TV movie
2005 Criminal Intent Angela Major TV movie
2004–2005 The 4400 Lucy 6 episodes
2006 Flight 93 Cleveland Controller #2 TV movie
2006 Da Vinci’s City Hall Elaine Matthews 2 episodes
2006 Godiva’s Trish 1 episode
2006 Blade: The Series Trooper Sharon Hirsch 2 episodes
2006 Under the Mistletoe Diana Holmes TV movie
2006 Home by Christmas Madeleine Francis TV movie
2008-2013 Supernatural Mrs. Waters / Linda 2 episodes
2008 Robson Arms Alex 1 episode
2009 Killer Hair Client #1 TV movie - Credited as "Ingrid Mila Torrance"
2009 The Good Wife Dr. Torrance 1 episode
2009 Ice Twisters Dr. Austin TV movie - Credited as "Ingrid Mila Torrance"
2009 Fringe Elizabeth Jarvis 1 episode
2011-2014 R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour Mom / Mrs. Jordan 2 episodes
2011-2013 The Killing Tess Clarke / Flight Attendant 7 episodes
2010-2011 Life Unexpected Doctor 2 episodes
2012 Duke Donna TV movie
2012–2018 Once Upon a Time Nurse Ratched 12 episodes
2013 Cult Gale 1 episode
2013 The Tomorrow People Mrs. Rundle 1 episode



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